The sport Americans call football, more accurately called gridiron football, has been around since the late nineteenth century and is said to have originated at universities in North America. It’s related to rugby and soccer (also known as association football), and the first intercollegiate football game was between Princeton and Rutgers in New Jersey on November 6, 1869. The soccer-style game they played was soon adopted by other colleges in the Northeast. Walter Camp, who attended Yale from 1876-1881, helped refine the sport into the precise form of football Americans enjoy today — he was behind ideas like an 11-man team, the current scoring scale, and the position of quarterback.
Today, football is an institution in the United States. Upwards of 114 million Americans watched the 2015 Super Bowl, and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers, currently the highest-paid football player in the NFL, enjoys an income of $48.9 million annually. Needless to say, the country loves football — but Americans also love a good game day snack while they watch their favorite teams compete. Game day food can be considered almost as much of a traditional institution as the sport itself. We’ve rounded up some of the country’s favorite game day foods, so make sure you pick some up for your next tailgate or viewing party.